Claflin University Receives Top State, HBCU Ranking by Washington Monthly

Aug 28, 2014
Claflin University continues to be recognized as a top-ranked liberal arts college by Washington Monthly. In its 2014 “Best Liberal Arts Colleges” edition, Claflin is the best-ranked liberal arts college in South Carolina and the top HBCU in the nation.

This year, Claflin earned the number 24 spot based on its social mobility –recruiting and graduating low-income students; research – the institution’s ability to produce cutting-edge research; and service – encouraging students to give back to their community. It was one of only six South Carolina colleges on the list, and among 246 ranked schools in the U.S. Washington Monthly began ranking colleges and universities in 2005.

U.S. News and World Report has consistently ranked Claflin University as one of “America’s Best Colleges” for the past 15 years. In its 2013 edition, Claflin was again ranked a top national liberal arts college. The University was also ranked seventh nationally among historically black colleges and universities. Additionally, Claflin was ranked first in alumni giving among HBCUs by U.S. News and World Report.

Claflin students have earned national recognition for community service, as well. In 2013, the University was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the seventh consecutive year. And for the sixth year, ranked Claflin as one of the top colleges in the United States. Claflin was one of 13 ranked institutions in South Carolina.

Founded in 1969, Washington Monthly is a bimonthly nonprofit magazine covering politics, government, culture and the media based in Washington, D.C. For more information or to view the complete 2014 rankings, visit

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